13 years ago a close friend in high school introduced me to the exciting and thrilling world of rock climbing, and from the moment I first ascended my first climb I was hooked and to this day I enjoy climbing as often as I can. It wasn’t long before I realized that many climbers dreamed and aspired to do one thing, climb the 7 summits. You see, the 7 summits is to the climbing world what the Super Bowl is to the NFL. These 7 summits are the 7 tallest mountains on each continent, and to be a climber whose climbed all 7 means you’re among the most elite climbers in the world. It wasn’t long before this aspiration began rising in me as my new climbing hobbie grew. The 7 summits hit me as I was beginning to pray over and think through this sermon, because in the Bible we can clearly see 7 summits as well, each summit being a monumental moment in history that not only changed everything for that specific time period, but is far reaching in it’s implications for the entire history of redemption. If one were to put all 7 summits down on paper, the events of 2 Samuel 7 are such a summit. Why? Lets look into it to see.
As we begin 2 Samuel 7 we find David as King of Israel and there is rest from war at this point in history because The Lord had defeated all of Israel’s enemies. David then has a thought he shares with Nathan the Prophet, “I live in a big house, God dwells in a tent.” Nathan responded eagerly and quickly, “Go, do all that is in your heart. The Lord is with you.” We take this to mean David wanted to build God a house, he wanted to make a temple. Now that’s not a bad desire, but God then comes to Nathan that same evening and gives Nathan a word for David. Listen to how God responds to David’s desire to build Him a house.
It would seem from these initial verses that God did not want a house to live in, because if He had wanted it, He clearly would’ve told the judges to build Him one. Even more so, God is Creator not part of the creation, in fact in Psalm 50 God states, “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.” Similarly Paul says in Acts 17, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” Even though David wants to build God a house, it would seem that David is about to hear something similar here, that God is God, He needs no home! “David don’t you know that I am The Lord, I am different than the false pagan gods that all dwell in temples.”
Well you would think God would say that, but He doesn’t.